verb (used with object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
verb (used without object), bur·lesqued, bur·lesquing.
Origin of burlesque
British Dictionary definitions for burlesk
verb -lesques, -lesquing or -lesqued
Word Origin for burlesque
Word Origin and History for burlesk
1660s, "derisive imitation, grotesque parody," from French burlesque (16c.), from Italian burlesco, from burla "joke, fun, mockery," possibly ultimately from Late Latin burra "trifle, nonsense," literally "flock of wool." Modern sense of "variety show featuring striptease" is American English, 1870. Originally (1857) "the sketches at the end of minstrel shows." As a verb, from 1670s.